Infant formula shortage prompts Oregon governor to declare ‘abnormal market disruption’

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Oregon Governor Kate Brown said Friday there was “abnormal market disruption” as infant formula prices continue to rise amid nationwide shortages.

The declaration will allow the Attorney General and the Oregon Department of Justice to “take action” against companies that sell more than 15% of infant formula prices.

“Many Oregon families across the state rely on infant formula to feed their newborns and children, and it is critical that they have easy access to this nutrition without undue price increases,” said said Governor Brown.

The announcement comes a day after Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum sent a letter to Brown asking the governor to make the statement. In addition to calling out Brown, Rosenblum urged Oregonians to report infant formula price hikes.

Recalls, supply chain disruptions and labor shortages are driving the nationwide shortage, according to Brown.

Oregonians who have been forced to purchase formula at an excessive price are urged to report it to the Oregon Department of Justice Consumer Protection Hotline at 877-877-9392 or visit the website here.

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Sandy A. Greer